DATMAMA4's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DATMAMA4 DATMAMA4's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ WHAT?? It's August already?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442610 I knew this year had been flying by, but didn't realize how fast until I looked at the last time I blogged: January! <BR> <BR> What happened to faithfully blogging each month? What happened to checking in with my Spark Friends? Where on earth did the time go? <BR> <BR> I'm just not that good at juggling, I guess. When one thing is going well, the others tend to fall by the wayside. Either the house is clean or supper is cooked. Either I'm doing well with our homeschooling or I'm caught up o... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 19:28:09 EST January goals met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230556 I realized today that January's as good as done. This is the first time I've written out my goals (I am not calling them New Year's Resolutions because that will make me forget about them!), so I thought I'd take a peek at my "reports" section here on SP to see how I did. <BR> <BR> Doggone...I think I did pretty well! <BR> <BR> One of my goals was to do core exercises & strength training at least 2x/week. Because of doing the onehundredpushups program on M-W-F, I found myself doing strengt... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:04:24 EST Happy Sparkiversary to ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220089 Today marks one full year of SparkPeople in my life. Of course I felt the need to blog about it, even if it's just a short bunch of thoughts. <BR> <BR> Even with today's Wednesday weigh-in showing a gain (Boo, I say!), I weigh 29 pounds less today than I did last January 23 (Yay!). I have better eating habits overall, and am much more conscious about what (and how much) I put into my body. I have found exercises I enjoy, and have made yoga/stretching part of almost every morning in order ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:18:30 EST The Opportunity to Begin Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188614 I got a fortune cookie a while ago, and I saved the little fortune so I could put it on my Spark Page. It just made so much sense: <BR> <BR> "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." <BR> <BR> I've always thought of myself as a fairly intelligent person, and yet this simple truth has escaped me on more than one occasion. Failure is not the end. Failure is only when I stop trying. So if I keep starting again -- whether it's after making some progress, or starting wa... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:17:04 EST Old is out, new is in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182499 For all the talk of New Year's resolutions over the years, I have to admit that I've never really made any. Not real ones, anyway. The ever-present, yet ever-vague "lose weight" was always in the back of my mind, but nothing was planned or specific (like the weight would drift away simply because I thought of it more often). <BR> <BR> You'd think a list-maker like me would thrive on having a page full of New Year's resolutions, but honestly, I know my track record of "What I'd Like to Acco... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:19:15 EST The Anticipation is Always Worse... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151412 So I finally got myself on the scale this morning after a little more than a month of not doing my weekly weigh-in. <BR> <BR> Around mid-October, I started falling off the SparkWagon here and there, eating poorly -- either too much junk or simply too much food, even when it was healthy. I allow myself regular treats, but Halloween candy season was ridiculous...it was as if I couldn't stop myself until it was completely gone from the house. Even while feeling ashamed at my lack of self-cont... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:58:28 EST NEWBIKENEWBIKENEWBIKENEWBIKE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032262 Hope I wasn't too subtle there...yes, it's true, I got a new bike. I wanted to give the old bike a fitting tribute on its own before bragging up the new machine. No hurt feelings and all that. <BR> <BR> But now it's been two whole days and I just can't hold it in any longer: I REALLY LIKE MY NEW BIKE! *jumping up and down in joyful new-bike-ness* <BR> <BR> I'm really glad I spent this whole summer on the old bike, losing weight, getting fit, and building leg muscle, because it has cause... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:04:32 EST An Honorable Death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029459 Can you tell I'm excited? The other day, my status update was a cheery, "My bike is getting overhauled!" <BR> <BR> Well...the day after we dropped it off at the bike shop, the owner called and told me it simply wasn't worth putting the money into all the things the poor bike needed. Boo hoo. He had no idea...this bike had HISTORY. My hubby bought it well over 25 years ago from his brother, just before he & I met. He rode it to & from work for years, when he was without a car. He rode i... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:44:55 EST A Fortuitous Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997087 Warning: I write the way I speak...lots of meandering, tangents, and backtracking. Most people get used to it after awhile. I do have a point, and I do eventually get to it. <BR> <BR> I tried a new bike route today to see how difficult it would be to make it to a certain place I've always thought would be difficult to get to. I found it was much shorter than I'd anticipated -- and here's the funny part for those of you who know my not-so-active self: it was "only" 22 miles round-trip. ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 21:35:24 EST Destination v. Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943140 I'm thankful today for PINKHOPE's blog entry, "Why it matters." <BR> <BR> She reminded me once again that eating healthy is not simply for the end result of losing weight. I believe she called that type of thinking the "temporary deprivation for desired outcome" mentality. Thoughts of, "As soon as I get to my goal weight, I no longer have to limit snacks/eat smaller portions/exercise, etc." -- the list could go on and on. <BR> <BR> Although I've not consciously thought about it, I have (t... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:16:54 EST Who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932072 I am absolutely the LAST person in the world anyone would accuse of enjoying exercise. Those who know me well will tell you flat out -- I am much happier at home, sitting and reading a book (indoors or outside), than anywhere else. <BR> <BR> However, I've found myself looking forward to my bike rides more and more lately. Not only am I not hurting (or staggering, or gasping for air) after each ride, I'm actively seeking longer and more varied routes...because I can. <BR> <BR> That's right... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:13:47 EST It's a Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891831 I'm pretty proud of myself. Last week was the first week I've consistently exercised in a long, long time. I've long been a proponent of the "object at rest tends to stay at rest" philosophy. <BR> <BR> But last week...The weather was cooperative and I rode my bike five days in a row, taking a different route each time (I really like the "Map Your Route" feature on the fitness page!), going a little further, maybe a little faster when I could. The first couple days, my "butt-bones" were... Mon, 21 May 2012 18:53:59 EST The First Twenty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864764 I've never written any blog entries -- anywhere -- before, but today seems like one of those days where I should be writing _something_ to commemorate this personal event. <BR> <BR> Today I got on the scale as I do each Thursday. I knew I'd lost weight, simply because I hadn't been feeling good and hadn't had much of an appetite as some miscellaneous illness swept through our household. While I was sick, I was amazed that I was craving veggies and fruit, rather than the traditional "comfor... Thu, 3 May 2012 13:11:01 EST